Public support for a paradigm shift in economic policy: Will the 2019 election be another 1945 or 1979?
Polling conducted by YouGov for the Institute of Public Policy Research shows clear support for fundamental reform of the UK economy, on a scale comparable to the 'paradigm-shifting' changes which followed the elections of 1945 and 1979.
More than any election for a generation or more, people in Britain are demanding a fundamental shift in how the economy is run. After nine years of spending cuts, stagnant wages since the financial crisis of 2008, and four decades of low investment, the current model of capitalism in the UK has exhausted whatever public support it may once have held. Like the paradigm-shifting elections of 1945 and 1979, victory in the coming election may well fall to whichever party can best capture the public mood for transformational change.